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Question DetailsAsked on 6/21/2012

mom is 89 & has had a chronic cough for over 5 years.Her bp meds has this as a side effect but concerned it could be something in her home

Her home was built in 1999 and she had it built and has been the only owner. She has the house cleaned regularly and is concerned it's something in the carpet or walls that is making her cough so badly. My research shows that a home built is 1999 is to old to have the chinesse drywall but she is interested in possibly having the carpet and air samples tested to try to narrow it down to what this could be. SHe has been to many doctors and has nothing that she is allergic to according to the tests. No animals in the house, she does seem to be a little better when she is away from home, even in the hospital. She has acid reflux and know this could have a little something with it. Why would things be so much worse for her when she is at home?

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I would recommend having the indoor air tested. IAQ (indoor air quality) issues such as molds, pollens, dust, etc., can be ten times worse indoors than out!(check EPA website). Good (stand alone, or integrated) air filtration, UV lights in HVAC ducting or other IAQ products sound like a good fix for her home (find a quality HVAC OR HOME PERFORMANCE contractor that you feel comfortable with/trust to evaluate her home).
If you breath better outside of the home, then it's probably your home that's making you sick!

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Answered 8 years ago by AirTekHP


I bet it is the BP meds. That's a very common side effect. Also might help if she had her reflux re-evaluated. Mention this at her next MD appt. He may want to do an chest x-ray. Elderly people have decreased lung capacity and can have pneumonia or other lung problems that do not present with fevers and the "normal" symptoms we expect. Good luck!

Source: http:// I am an RN with experience in geriatrics.

Answered 7 years ago by wendybTn

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